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WJTN News Headlines for Thurs., June 16, 2022

(**Alert)National Weather Service keeps Tornado Watch for all of WNY until 11 p.m...
There's a tornado watch in effect for all of Western New York through 11 o'clock tonight.  That after a heat advisory was issued this morning for Chautauqua County until 8 p.m.  Forecaster Jason Alumbaugh with the National Weather Service in Buffalo said the risk of severe weather is around 'a level 3 out of 5.'  Alumbaugh says there could be damaging winds, and hail... along with a slight risk for a tornado in the region.  While the heaviest weather will occur east of a line from Jamestown to Rochester... Alumbaugh is quick to add that you could still have severe thunderstorms west of that, as well. 


JPD arrests 12 in simultaneous drug raids on two locations...
A dozen people face illegal narcotics and other charges following two simultaneous drug raids in the city of Jamestown early Wednesday afternoon.  City Police say members of the Jamestown Metro Drug Task Force executed a search warrant for an apartment at 47 Charles Street with the help of the JPD SWAT Team.  Officers say there were eight adults and one juvenile located inside the home.  Investigators found a quantity of money, fentanyl, methamphetamine, scales, packaging materials... and a loaded 9mm pistol that was reported stolen in Houston, Texas.  Police say 43 year-old Anthony Cunningham was arrested on several counts... including second-degree criminal possession of a weapon... criminal possession of stolen property... and, multiple Felony drug counts.  The other seven face multiple drug charges.  At the same time... City Police and members of the county's Narcotics Investigation Team... raided an apartment at 15 West Cowden Place.  Six people were found there... and, four were arrested on drug-related charges.  One... 30 year-old Lawrence Gary, Jr., also faces a fugitive from justice charge.  JPD Captain Bob Samuelson says one location was used as a "stash house..." while the other was for "users."  


Buffalo woman seriously hurt in motorcycle crash in town of Villanova...
A female motorcyclist had to be flown to a Buffalo-area hospital after crashing her bike on Oak Rd. in the town of Villanova Tuesday afternoon.  Sheriff's officers were called to the scene -- near Route 322 -- about 3:30 p.m., and found the 55 year-old Buffalo woman was making a left turn onto Oak Rd. from 322 when she lost control of the motorcycle and crashed.  The operator was treated at the scene for non-life threatening injuries by South Dayton EMS... and the county's Medic fly car.  The unidentified woman was late flown by Mercy Flight to the Erie County Medical Center for further treatment.  No charges are expected as a result of the investigation.


Borrello discusses push to keep Brooks Hospital open in Dunkirk or Fredonia...
About 50 people turned out to the Kosciuszko Club in Dunkirk on Tuesday for a town hall meeting hosted by State Senator George Borrello.  A number of issues were brought up during the hour-long session, including the status of Brooks Memorial Hospital.  The Sunset Bay Republican said he has discussed the matter with Governor Kathy Hochul's Office in recent days, making clear that the Dunkirk-Fredonia area needs a state-of-the-art facility... so people don't have to go to Buffalo or Erie, Pa. for treatment.  While he did not discuss the details of his conservations with the Governor's Office... Borrello said that a lot of people are "very committed" to making sure the north county has a full-service hospital.  He says there are a "lot of people" including officials who are pushing to maintain a hospital there.  Also at the town hall meeting... Borrello also discussed gun legislation, bail reform, and efforts to get an Amtrak station to the area. 


Mayville man arrested for alleged DWAI, and tampering charges... 
A Mayville man faces a driving while under the influence of drugs charge following a single-car accident on the Fredonia-Stockton Road in the town of Stockton last Tuesday night.  State Police in Fredonia say they responded to a 9-1-1 call about the crash shortly before 8 p.m.  During the investigation... witnesses told troopers that the driver, 32 year-old James Mawhir, could be seen ingesting unknown substances and trying to hide other unknown objects before police arrived.  When they interviewed Mawhir... troopers noted obvious signs of impairment, as well as failure of standardized field sobriety tests at the scene.  Mawhir also admitted to having a revoked driver’s license.  After initially refusing treatment... Mawhir was taken to Brooks Memorial Hospital where he received multiple doses of Narcan after showing signs of possible overdose.  He was issued appearance tickets for Felony tampering with physical evidence... seventh-degree criminal possession of a Controlled Substance... false personation... and DWAI.


Referee at Jackals play-off game recovering after serious heart attack...
Basketball referee John Scully's life was saved Saturday at the Jamestown Jackal's playoff game at Jamestown Community College.  Team owner Kayla Crosby says Scully had a heart attack and dropped to the floor a half-minute before the end of the first quarter.  Toledo Glass player... and firefighter... Myles Copeland jumped into action and led players in doing chest compressions and CPR to save Scully.  Crosby's aunt, Jody Marsh, who is a nurse, also helped out.  Shot clock operator Steve Randolph, rushed to get the nearby defibrillator, which was used twice.  All of this occurred prior to the arrival of the the local ambulance.  Crosby says it was a very scary situation because Scully turned blue before being revived.  He's from Rochester... and, was taken to UPMC Hamot Medical Center in Erie, Pennsylvania for treatment.  He's expected to have bypass surgery shortly.